Floodwaters breach Michigan dam, flood town

UNTV News   •   May 20, 2020   •   366

Water could be seen running over the banks of Michigan’s Sanford Dam before it collapsed on Tuesday (May 19), flooding parts of the town of Sanford, in a video posted on social media.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared an emergency for Midland county after two dams, Edenville and Sanford, collapsed due to heavy rain in the past few days forcing nearby residents to evacuate.

Two rivers in Michigan, the Tittabawassee River in Midland and the Rifle River near Sterling, were in major flooding stage, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

The NWS also said it issued a flash flood emergency in locations downstream of the failed dams. (Reuters)

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‘Ghost apples’ appear in Michigan orchard

admin   •   February 13, 2019

Still of apple-shaped ice casing in Sparta, Michigan, United States | Andrew Sietsema via Reuters

‘Ghost apples’ appeared in Michigan after an ice storm on February 6.

Photos shared by Andrew Sietsema showed apple-shaped ice-casings left after he pruned his trees.

“It was just cold enough that the ice covering the apple hadn’t melted yet, but it was warm enough that the apple inside turned to complete mush”, Sietsema told Reuters.

As he shaked the tree to prune it, some of the mushed apples fell through a hole in the bottom of the created case.

Sietsema said he had never seen anything like this before and added the ‘ghost apples’ appeared in an orchard block of Jonagold, Honeycrisp, and Gala trees that he planted in 2014. — Reuters

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Brazilian town mourns dam collapse victims as death toll nears 100

Marje Pelayo   •   February 1, 2019

Sludgy aftermath of the collapsed dam in  Brumadinho, Brazil  that has left  nearly 100 dead and hundreds still missing.  | Image grabbed from a Reuters video
Sludgy aftermath of the collapsed dam in Brumadinho, Brazil that has left nearly 100 dead and hundreds still missing. | Image grabbed from a Reuters video

BRAZIL – Residents in the town of Brumadinho, Brazil were in mourning on Thursday (January 31), rocked by tragedy after a local dam burst, sending out a torrent of sludge that has left nearly 100 dead and hundreds still missing.

The town came together to mourn and remember the victims — who are family, friends, and neighbours — for mass at a local church.

The collapse of the dam in the hilly, pastoral region has killed at least 99 people, according to officials, with another 250 missing and likely dead.

The search and recovery efforts have taken their toll on weary firefighters, helicopter pilots and volunteers.

Local gravediggers have been working long days digging the town’s new graves with picks and shovels.

Yet residents in the devastated town of Brumadinho have been unmoved, in shock and anger as one dead body after another has been pulled from the mud. — REUTERS

Several die, hundreds missing in hydropower dam collapse in southeastern Laos

admin   •   July 25, 2018

Villagers evacuate following dam collapse in Laos, July 24, 2018 (Image courtesy of ABC News via Reuters)


A hydropower dam still-under-construction collapsed on Monday in the Sanamxay District of Laos‘ southeastern Attapeu Province, the provincial administration office announced in a statement on Tuesday.

The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed at 20:00 local time on Monday, releasing five billion cubic meters of water that swept away a number of houses, claimed a number of human lives and left hundreds of others missing, said the statement.

The Attapeu Provincial Administration Office has called for relief aid for flood victims. Authorities of Attapeu Province also called on Party, government organizations, business communities, officials, police and military forces and the Lao people to provide emergency aid to the victims.

The builder of the dam is Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Power Company (PNPC), a joint venture of the Republic of Korea, Thai and Lao companies. It is estimated to cost 1.02 billion U.S. dollars and generate 1,860 GWh of electricity a year.

Project feasibility study was completed in November 2008. Work began in February 2013. The project was expected to go into commercial operation in 2018. — Reuters


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